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2021 IDEA® User of Excellence in Internal Audit Awarded to Lisa Gertig

HOUSTON – August 16, 2021 – Audimation Services, Inc., has selected Lisa Gertig, CPA, CISA, CIDA, with Colorado State University System as the recipient of the 2021 U.S. IDEA User of Excellence Award in Internal Audit. She is being recognized for using CaseWare IDEA to effectively reduce risks, automate data analysis, and build staff proficiency in using data analytics.

Gertig and her audit team have actively used IDEA since 2013 to better understand risk levels, create self-service data pulls from enterprise systems, and analyze financial data to reduce fraud. She created standardized templates to facilitate data pulls from Oracle where the University stores vast amounts of financial, human resource, and research administration data. 

Gertig has built several automated continuous auditing analyses. One continuous audit analysis reviews student-athlete scholarships awarded each term. The results are shared with management to help it evaluate whether controls are operating to effectively ensure compliance with NCAA Division I requirements. With support from her team, she also created other IDEAScripts to rank the compliance risk of sponsored program projects and to estimate the potential by division of financial fraud. The advanced analytics use criteria to rate risk, the results of which are used for audit planning and providing management with deeper insights about risk levels and root causes to help strengthen controls.


We selected IDEA for its ease of use because we wanted everyone in our department to use it in their daily work. As our data analytics skills have evolved and expanded, we’re able to automate our risk analysis in various areas, which makes us increasingly productive and effective. The real benefit is sharing information with management, building better audit plans, and using the results of analysis to focus our efforts on the right areas.

- Lisa Gertig, CPA, CISA, CIDA, Colorado State University System

“Successful audit teams share their accomplishments both inside and outside of their organization, which strengthens the profession,” said Carolyn Newman, president, Audimation Services. “From the onset of using IDEA, Lisa Gertig has encouraged her staff to push the limits of how data analytics can be used on every engagement.”

University auditors document and share their analysis steps, processes and tests using technique summaries to create an in-house knowledge base and increase the use of data analytics. Gertig and her staff are building a library of templates, scripts and reference guides to apply continuous auditing techniques in other areas of the organization.

Gertig brings more than 20 years of working in both the private and public sector to her role as Manager of IT Audits and Data Analytics at the Colorado State University System. She earned an MS in Business Administration from the Colorado State University, along with several professional credentials, including Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified IDEA Data Analyst (CIDA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She is an active member of the Audit Management Team at Colorado State University System.

About Colorado State University

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s top public research universities and an institution on the rise. In the last decade, CSU has produced record enrollment, built on all-time highs in student diversity and student success; record fundraising far outpacing ambitious goals; groundbreaking research driven by a highly productive faculty; a campus revitalized by a transformational building campaign; and, perhaps most important, an unrivaled learning environment where nine of 10 recent graduates say they would choose CSU again and rate their education as excellent. For more information, visit

About Audimation Services, Inc.

Founded in 1992, Audimation Services, Inc. is a leader in providing data analysis technology to help companies understand their data, assess risks, test controls, and fight fraud. As the sole U.S. distributor of IDEA® Data Analysis and SmartExporter for SAP®, we help our clients maximize their technology investments by providing support, training, and other valuable resources. For more information about audimation Services, visit . or call 888.641.2800.

About CaseWare International

CaseWare International Inc. is the leading global provider of cloud-enabled audit, financial reporting and data analytics solutions for Accounting firms, Corporations, and Government regulators world-wide.  With efficiency, quality and value in mind, CaseWare provides innovative solutions to over 500,000 users, in 130 countries and in 16 languages.


Authored by: Vaishali Bithale joined Audimation Services in May 2021 as a Marketing Specialist. She comes to Audimation with over 14 years of work experience in Social Media and Digital Marketing Management. Additionally, she has an MBA in Marketing & Public Relation Management and bachelor in mass communication.


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